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What is easier to install: Noctua NH-D14 or Thermalright Silver Arrow

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So I've been playing Mass Effect 2 lately, and I don't like how it jacks up my CPU temps to about 200F. So I am looking for the a new CPU cooler, from the research that I've done the Noctua NH-D14 and the Thermalright Silver Arrow seem to be the best air coolers out there.

My only question is which one is easier to install?
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I would check to make sure that your current cooler is seated properly first before making another investment.

What is your CPU overclocked to?
 
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No overclocking, just the stock speeds.
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post #4 of 10
I'v installed both and I can tell you that both are easy to install.

If I were you i'd go with the SilverArrow simply because it's cheaper and has quieter fans.
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Originally Posted by hirolla888 View Post
I'v installed both and I can tell you that both are easy to install.

If I were you i'd go with the SilverArrow simply because it's cheaper and has quieter fans.
Thanks!
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No overclocking, just the stock speeds.
While I don't know much about your cooler, those temps seem astronomical for any decent air cooler.

I would highly suggest reseating your cooler before making a purchase.

For example, I currently have my processor at 100% load, running 1.35v and an overclock up to 4.0ghz and I'm only at ~150' F.

While I know we have two very different processors, and coolers, I do not think that any CPU should reach 200' F with any aftermarket cooler that is seated properly and on stock speeds.
 
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post #7 of 10
The Silver Arrow has lower temps than the NH-D14 by about 1*C or less on average according to most reviews(when OC'ed). Here is a link to one. But if your at stock and don't plan to overclock, you shoudn't even think of getting either of these coolers(overkill by 30*C+). But if you want lower temps for cheap, get a CM Hyper 212+.
post #8 of 10
Reseat the Mugen 2. At stock speeds, I have trouble breaking 35C full load. If you're getting temps that high, something's wrong. You can probably fix it easily without spending another $90.
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Originally Posted by audioxbliss View Post
Reseat the Mugen 2. At stock speeds, I have trouble breaking 35C full load. If you're getting temps that high, something's wrong. You can probably fix it easily without spending another $90.
your using a PhenomIIx6, your temps are going to be lower, OP's intel will run hotter than your chip..

To the OP, if your using an aftermarket cooler and getting to 200 on the F scale with an aftermarket cooler somthing is wrong. I would Reseat the cooler using less TIM maby?

I do support getting the D-14/Silver Arrow though, they are the best in air cooling ATM, well worth the money I think. I perfer the Silver Arrow, but the diff is around 1-2c as another poster pointed out, so I would get witch ever is cheaper Silver Arrow is the one I would peg for the pain in the arse factor, the fans are 160mmx140mmx25mm, its an odd size, where as the D-14 has standerd size 120x120x25mm fans.Hope this helps
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I don't know how long you've had your M2, but it can easily handle your non-HT cpu at stock.

First of all, get one of

and blow out your heatsink. It pays for itself: you'll never need to buy canned air again.

I have to ask this: are you sure your fan is spinning? You don't even have to look in your case. Just open ET6, find the last tab, and you can monitor your fan speed from there.

If your Slip Stream is not spinning properly, take it out and lubricate it. See item 3 in my sig.

BTW--You have a wonderful mb with great tools. Make sure you explore all the possibilities.
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